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Self-portrait with Russian piano, Wolf Wondratschek ; translated from the German by Marshall Yarbrough

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Self-portrait with Russian piano, Wolf Wondratschek ; translated from the German by Marshall Yarbrough
Language
eng
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novels
Main title
Self-portrait with Russian piano
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1136959170
Responsibility statement
Wolf Wondratschek ; translated from the German by Marshall Yarbrough
Summary
"Vienna is an uncanny, magical, and sometimes brutally alienating city. The past lives on in the cafes where lost souls come to kill time and hash over the bygone glories of the twentieth century--or maybe just a recent love affair. Here, in one of these cafes, an anonymous narrator meets a strange character, like someone out of a novel: a decrepit old Russian named Suvorin. A Soviet pianist of international renown, Suvorin committed career suicide when he developed a violent distaste for the sound of applause. This eccentric gentleman--sometimes charming, sometimes sulky, sometimes disconcertingly frank--knows the end of his life is approaching, and allows himself to be convinced to tell his life story. Over a series of coffee dates, punctuated by confessions, anecdotes, and rages--and by the narrator's schemes to keep his quarry talking--a strained friendship develops between the two men, and it soon becomes difficult to tell who is more dependent on whom."--, Provided by publisher
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